Turning an Antique Potato Crate into a Raised Garden Bed ๐Ÿฅ•๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐ŸŒพ

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Turning an Antique Potato Crate into a Raised Garden Bed

Good morning, everyone.

I just got back from my trail walk, something I’ve been trying to incorporate into my daily routine. So far, I’m on day five of four-mile trail walks. It’s always the weekend that put a stopper in my good habits ๐Ÿ˜‰ It looks like it’s about to rain today, which will be nice since the grass around here is still fighting for its greenery. Before I dive into the next planting project, I thought I’d take a few hours this morning to write about the potato crate garden I created. I shared a photo on Instagram, and the requests for a blog post on the tutorial were high, so I hope you all enjoy and get inspired to turn something you find at an antique store into a garden bed.
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A few weeks ago, I took a trip to the Depot at Gibson Mill to look for a few items for the guest bedroom. There is a little spot in the Gibson Mill called the “The Gilded Cottage,” and I am in love with it. I usually spend a while in this section and always leave with some new goodies. This time, I found several ceramic pots that look like woven baskets. I also picked up a picnic basket that has two spots for wine. I thought it would be so cute to take to the beach, a summer lawn concert, or down by the river for a picnic. I was excited when I found an old potato crate for $10! I knew right away I was going to turn it into a mini garden.ย diy garden, potato crate, crate garden, vegetable garden, veggies, gardening, lettuce, food, harvest
I picked out a few pots of vegetables to go into my garden at Lowes on my way home from Gibson Mill. I’m always an ignorer of “spacing” rules when it comes to planting, and so far, I haven’tย had issues yet. I picked out some dwarf tomato plants, romaine lettuce, butter lettuce, spinach, jalapenos, and a few other plants that I planted in separate pots. Most of my lettuce plants went into the crate. I picked up a few packets of seeds to throw into the crate as well.diy garden, potato crate, crate garden, vegetable garden, veggies, gardening, lettuce, food, harvest

For the soil, I used the Harvest Organics all-purpose planting soil. You can use potting soil if you’d like, but I’ve never had issues using the in-ground soil in my pots. We have super humid weather in the south, and the man at Lowes said that sometimes in-ground soil helps with the plants drying out. I guess only time will tell.ย ย diy garden, potato crate, crate garden, vegetable garden, veggies, gardening, lettuce, food, harvest
I picked up chives, spinach, carrots, and broccoli seeds to plant as well. I threw the chives in with the crate vegetables but added the others to separate pots. I’ll have to do an update on those soon. The carrots are already sprouting, which is so awesome.ย diy garden, potato crate, crate garden, vegetable garden, veggies, gardening, lettuce, food, harvest
When you’re working with a crate, you can’t just throw in the dirt. Otherwise, it’ll fall out of the edges. I used some landscaping fabric we had lying around the house and taped it to the sides before adding in the dirt. It held up well, and all of the soil has stayed in the crate nicely.ย diy garden, potato crate, crate garden, vegetable garden, veggies, gardening, lettuce, food, harvest
I filled my garden up with soil and then planted in the lettuce, jalapeno plant, dill, mini cucumber plant, and dwarf tomatoes. I also threw in some chive seeds.ย diy garden, potato crate, crate garden, vegetable garden, veggies, gardening, lettuce, food, harvest
I’m keeping them in direct sunlight.ย 

Since our backyard is fenced, I won’t have to worry about any deer coming in for a snack. You may want to wrap yours with a wire if deer are an issue in your area. It’s been two weeks, and so far, there haven’t been any bunny tracks ๐Ÿคž Although, I don’t think I’d be mad if I saw a bunny eating my lettuce. They’re just too darn cute.ย diy garden, potato crate, crate garden, vegetable garden, veggies, gardening, lettuce, food, harvest
After a week, the chive sprouts have begun to come up!ย diy garden, potato crate, crate garden, vegetable garden, veggies, gardening, lettuce, food, harvest
I was surprised at how big, and full everything was after only a few days. diy garden, potato crate, crate garden, vegetable garden, veggies, gardening, lettuce, food, harvest
It’s always fun to check in on the garden every morning. People keep sending me the meme of baby Yoda checking on plants, and that’s me! I make my coffee, let the dogs out, and walk around the house clipping, deadheading, and taking photos.
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Last night, I cut up some butter lettuce and romaine for my salad! It’s fun to be able to eat something from your backyard! โ™ฅ๏ธย 

I hope you all have a fantastic day. I’m heading out to do a fun DIY 4th of July flower pot. I’ll make sure to capture step by step photos just in case! โ™ฅ๏ธ
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Questions for you!

  1. Do you have a raised garden bed in your yard?
  2. What is your favorite vegetable to grow?

Comments

  • Sarah

    We built a raised bed last year and I am obsessed with it! I love all of my veggies! We mostly planted tomato and peppers. We learned last year that zucchini and mint plants take over gardens! I am loving reading about your gardening projects! I love your outfit too! where is that skirt from?

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  • Jessie Blucker

    I love my raised garden bed I tried to grow several new things this year and not having the best of luck I need to figure out an insecticide and recommendations my homemade one is not working ?

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  • Rebecca

    This is a great idea and the growth in just a week is amazing! I am enjoying all your garden updates, I am trying to keep some houseplants alive first before I venture more outdoors!

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  • Karine

    Hello Taralynn,
    I have five garden beds like that and itโ€™s a blast. Zucchini are going pretty well…and we just bought raspberries, hoping it will work โค๏ธ.

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  • Kate

    I love this idea. Do you water every day?

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  • Kelsey W.

    I love this idea, it looks great! My dad built me a raised bed last year and I LOVE it. After some trial and error, this year’s garden is much different than last year. My favorite thing to grow is shishito peppers! I have two plants and they yield lots of peppers every few days so I’m always in stock. They are the easiest thing I grow and they never seem to be affected by bugs or wildlife. I know you’re a shishito fan too, you should definitely get some! Instead of starting from seed I just bought the plants from Lowe’s. I hope you have a great weekend ๐Ÿ™‚ xoxo Kelsey

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  • Karen Mulkeen

    I’ve been square-foot gardening for about 15 years now. But I love your idea with the baskets. I’ll be looking for some ideas for friends who have little space for a regular garden

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  • Katie

    How cute is this!

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  • Brooklyn

    This is so cute! I live in a tiny studio apartment with no room to grow anything (I’ve tried, the birds eat whatever I grow off my balcony haha) so I’m basically living vicariously through you for all things gardening, and I’m loving it!

    http://Www.justbeingbrooklyn.com

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  • Ellen

    Has your romaine not bolted yet? The heat finally got to my lettuce, but I’m further south in SC. If you want spinach there is a variety called malabar spinach that is suppose to do well in the summer heat ๐Ÿ™‚

    I love gardening and am currently trying to find the easiest low maintenance crops for my zone. My favorite to grow so far has to be a tie between sweet potatoes and any peppers this year my shishitoes are doing the best!

    Thanks for the great post!!

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  • Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog

    It looks so good! I’ve said it before, but you really have a knack for design and DIY! โค๏ธโœจ

    Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog
    http://charmainenyw.com

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